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A Free Lamp for Scoop Readers

May 20th, 2009 · 8 Comments

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I want to thank everyone for checking out the Scoop the past couple of years, so I teamed up with CSN Lighting to give away this gorgeous lamp designed by Carolyn Kinder for free. It’s beautiful with it’s light bronze finish, black matte accents, and Sienna crackle fabric bell shade. It’s been crafted by the Uttermost Company founded in 1975 by Bob and Belle Cooper which still operates as a 100% family business today.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and a winner will be randomly drawn on Sunday, May 31, 2009. This contest is only open to readers with a mailing address in the continental United States, but other than that it’s a free for all.

Showing a home in the right light can make all the difference between a home selling or not selling, so I’ve had the experts at CSN Lighting cast light on the subject.

Showing Your Home in the Best Light

Making a good first impression is key when it comes to selling your home – especially in a housing market like today’s. As you’re preparing to put your home on the market, make sure that you leave some room in your budget for lighting.

Good lighting makes a huge difference how your home comes across to prospective buyers. Here are some illuminating tips on how best to light your home while trying to fetch the best price.

  • The Foyer & Entryway:
    You want the tone to be warm and inviting, not too bright or too dark. If you don’t have one already, install a pendant light or mini chandelier, depending on the height of your ceiling. An attractive table lamp on top of a console table would work just fine as well.
  • The Living Room:
    The living room will likely be used for entertaining and relaxing, therefore it needs to be warm, homey without being too bright. If you have any extra table or floor lamps lying around in your basement, drag them out and dust them off. Lamps with dimmer switches work wonders in the living room, as they allow you to create a really nice, cozy atmosphere. Take down any heavy drapery while you’re at it and let the natural light in.
  • The Dining Room:
    Like the living room, the dining room would benefit from a light with dimming capabilities – either a chandelier or a horizontal pendant light centered over the dining room table. The dining room is a gathering room so the lighting needs to be both stylish and functional. If you have a larger dining room, a couple of wall sconces might be a nice addition to your space.
  • The Bathroom:
    The bathroom needs to be brighter than other rooms in your home. In addition to some lights over or around your mirror, some kind of overhead light would be a good idea. You can install a combination light and ventilation fan for added value and benefit.
  • The Kitchen:
    The kitchen needs a good amount of work light, especially over the countertops and eating areas. Under cabinet lighting is a relatively easy and inexpensive option to consider. Not only does it provide ample work lighting but it also makes your granite countertops sparkle. A couple of pendant lights over the bar or island looks great and showcases the versatility of your space. A simple pendant or mini chandelier over the kitchen table also works wonders.
  • The Bedroom:
    The bedroom doesn’t need too much in the way of supplemental lighting, perhaps a couple of floor fixtures or table lamps for your end tables. If you have curtains or blinds, open them up and let as much natural light in as you possibly can.

In terms of placement of your lamps, keep it natural. Don’t cluster groups of lamps around your living room as this looks staged. Also, don’t think that you need to spend crazy amounts of money on lighting. Just a couple of chic, stylish lamps placed in prominent locations around the home give your space the “it” factor it needs.

Tags: Home Staging

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Diane S // May 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    That’s a very pretty lamp!

  • 2 Marcus // May 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Perhaps it will make our collective future in real estate that much brighter!

  • 3 The Upfront Mortgage Broker - Joe Bartolotta // May 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for the tips on what type of lamps to use in the different locations. It’s interesting to learn and understand how different fixtures can affect the atmosphere of the room.

  • 4 Debbie D // May 22, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Love the lamp, enjoy your blog very much and just bought in Torey Pines. Yay!

  • 5 Wendy // May 22, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Bedrooms need reading lamps! At least they do for those of us who like to read ourselves to sleep.

    And I love your spam quiz. That’s so much nicer than those random letters most sites ask for.

  • 6 Judy Z // May 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    What a terrific lamp. Since I’m purchasing all new living room furniture I could put it here or here or even here.

  • 7 Sarah Rosado // May 24, 2009 at 3:01 am

    There is always something interesting on your blog. LOVE IT!

  • 8 Hojin Chang // Jun 1, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    A drum roll please. The winner of the lamp giveaway is Diane S. Thanks for participating and for visiting the Scoop.